Victoria Misses Out
On One Last Gold
Cyclist Victoria Pendleton took part in her final race before retiring from the sport at the Olympic Games yesterday. Pendleton was hoping to end her career with a gold medal, but unfortunately missed out to her long-term rival Anna Meares, who took the gold for Australia. However, Victoria can still be proud of her 2012 Olympic achievements as the silver was her second medal, following a gold in the keirin last Friday.
31-year-old Victoria won nine nine world titles during her cycling career, including a record six in the individual sprint competition. She has three Olympic medals in total, two gold and one silver. Other wins have included the European Track Championships team sprint last year and gold at the Commonwealth Games. Although very proud of her achievements, Victoria emotionally admitted at a press conference last night, "I am just incredibly relieved it's all over. I am looking forward to leading a more normal life."
Although Victoria didn't quite meet her target of a gold medal yesterday, two of her fellow cyclists did. Chris Hoy was victorious in the keirin and Laura Trott in the omnium. There were also gold medals for Alistair Brownlee in the triathlon and for the British Equestrian team, Laura Bechtolsheimer, Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester, in the dressage event.
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